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About the Bateleur

Also known as: Bateleur Eagle, Bataleur

The Bateleur is a medium-sized species of eagle native to Africa and Arabia. Bateleurs are colorful birds of prey with very short tails.

Bateleurs are opportunistic hunters. They take live prey like pigeons and other birds, but they will also scavenge, eating carrion.

The population trend for Bateleurs globally is decreasing. The conservation status for the species is Near Threatened as of November 2013. They face numerous threats, including pesticide use, habitat loss, and trade in captive birds.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 26 November 2013
Scientific Name Terathopius ecaudatus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Terathopius
  • T. ecaudatus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
21 to 28 inches
66 to 72 inches
64 to 104 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Bateleur is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is classified as Near Threatened because it is suspected to have undergone moderately rapid declines during the past three generations (41 years) owing to habitat loss and incidental poisoning and pollution, and is consequently believed to approach the threshold for classification as Vulnerable.

International Names

  • 短尾雕 (Chinese)
  • orlík kejkliř (Czech)
  • Gøglerørn (Danish)
  • Bateleur (Dutch)
  • liitokotka (Finnish)
  • Bateleur des savanes (French)
  • Gaukler (German)
  • Falco giocoliere (Italian)
  • ダルマワシ [darumawashi] (Japanese)
  • Gjøglerørn (Norwegian)
  • kuglarz (Polish)
  • Орёл-скоморох (Russian)
  • Águila Volatinera (Spanish)
  • Gycklarörn (Swedish)

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